Renzo Piano, (born 14 September 1937) is an Italian architect and engineer, one of the most famous around the world, with projects scattered all over the globe.
In 2006, Piano was selected by TIME as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. He was selected as the 10th most influential person in the “Arts and Entertainment” category of the 2006 Time 100.
Architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff said of Piano’s works that the “…serenity of his best buildings can almost make you believe that we live in a civilized world.”
Piano was born in Genoa, Italy into a family of builders. He was educated and subsequently taught at the Politecnico di Milano. He graduated from the University in 1964 with a dissertation about modular coordination (coordinazione modulare) supervised by Giuseppe Ciribini and began working with experimental lightweight structures and basic shelters.
In 1998, Piano won the Pritzker Prize, often considered the Nobel Prize of architecture. The jury citation compared Piano to Michelangelo and da Vinci and credited him with “redefining modern and postmodern architecture.”
On 18 March 2008, he became an honorary citizen of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
On 30 August 2013 he was appointed senator for life because of his “outstanding cultural achievements” by the President of the Italian Republic.
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#1. Centre Georges Pompidou, FRANCE
Centre Georges Pompidou is a complex building in the Beaubourg area of Paris. It was designed in the style of high-tech architecture by the architectural team of Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano, along with Gianfranco Franchini.
It houses the Bibliothèque publique d’information (Public Information Library), a vast public library, the Musée National d’Art Moderne, which is the largest museum for modern art in Europe, and IRCAM, a centre for music and acoustic research. Because of its location, the Centre is known locally as Beaubourg.
It is named after Georges Pompidou, the President of France from 1969 to 1974 who commissioned the building.